The Internet is, among many things, the new cultural frontier. Its egalitarian nature–letting anyone with access create, promote, and consume content–allows for new audiences of millions of people to be exposed to cultural movements and developments that would otherwise remain niche and obscure. The list of cultural sensations that have been subjects of the Internet’s […]

A line delivered at the 69th annual Emmys this year had viewers questioning if they were watching an awards show or the dystopian Black Mirror; former Press Secretary of the White House Sean Spicer rolled out on a podium — in a clear reference to Saturday Night Live’s satirization of him — sternly pointed his […]

Mass tourism as a social phenomenon is relatively new, with its numbers rising dramatically in recent years.  Originating in the early 20th Century, the phenomenon experienced its first growth boost in the 1930s. Today, people make over one billion international trips a year, double those made 20 years ago. The exponential increase is linked with […]

 Beauty standards, as promoters of mass consumerism and objectification, universally tend to be harmful. Add problematic racial dynamics, and they become destructive. This rings particularly true for beauty standards in both India and the West. StyleCraze, a webzine that advertises itself as the “World’s Largest Beauty Community,” published an article titled “Top 30 Most Beautiful […]

The most vocal debate about college athletes and employment revolves around whether they should be paid, but there are equally important issues that just don’t get as much coverage. A recent memorandum sent by the National Labor Review Board (NLRB)―the government agency tasked with enforcing labor laws―has affirmed that “scholarship athletes” at private universities are […]

In December of 2016, Amazon announced a new, physical retail store in Seattle, WA to enthusiastic but limited fanfare. The store – a supermarket styled as “Amazon Go” – is noteworthy for its lack of cashiers, checkout stands and lines. Instead, Amazon promises customers will simply walk in, pick up items and walk out. The […]

“Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed with the artists, by the artists, and for the artists,” proclaims Christine Macel, curator of the 57th edition of the Venice Art Biennale, a biannual international art festival. Invoking the words of Abraham Lincoln, Macel demonstrates a clear intent to politicize the well-known global art gathering. The overarching […]